Feb 19, 2020  
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog 
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog



3 Credit Hours


Student Level:

This course is open to students on the college level in either the Freshman or Sophomore year.


Catalog Description:

MUS 2651 - Music Theory IV (3 hrs.)

This course includes a study of altered chords, borrowed chords, modulation to unrelated keys, and a study of 20th century compositional techniques. Analysis of representative classical and contemporary compositions will be included. Music Theory IV is required of all music majors and taken concurrently with MUS2653 Aural Skills IV.


Course Classification:




MUS2650 Music Theory III.


Controlling Purpose:

This class will complete a study of compositional techniques used since the 16th century.  Students will be acquainted with 16th century counterpoint and homophony and 20th century atonality and twelve-tone compositional techniques.


Learner Outcomes:

This class is designed to extend the technical involvement of the student as presented in Music Theory III.  It will further refine those techniques in development of a mastery of traditional harmony and explore compositions of the 16th century and 20th century as an introduction to further study of these styles as music majors transferring to a four-year institution.


Units Outcomes and Criterion Based Evaluation Key for Core Content:

The following outline defines the minimum core content not including the final examination period.  Instructors may add other material as time allows.



Outcomes:  Upon competition of this unit, the students will be able to successfully…

  • Recognize and analyze use of borrowed chords in Major keys, Neapolitan and Augmented 6th chords.           
  • Recognize and analyze late Renaissance polyphony and 18th century counterpoint.



Outcomes:  Upon completion of this unit, the students will be able to successfully…

  • Analyze compositions from several schools of 20th century musical thought including Neoclassicism, Bitonality, Polytonality, Atonality, and Serialization


Projects Required:




Contact Bookstore for current textbook.


Materials/Equipment Required:


Attendance Policy: 

Students should adhere to the attendance policy outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.


Grading Policy:

The grading policy will be outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.


Maximum class size:

Based on classroom occupancy


Course Time Frame:

The U.S. Department of Education, Higher Learning Commission and the Kansas Board of Regents define credit hour and have specific regulations that the college must follow when developing, teaching and assessing the educational aspects of the college.  A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally-established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester hour of credit or an equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time.  The number of semester hours of credit allowed for each distance education or blended hybrid courses shall be assigned by the college based on the amount of time needed to achieve the same course outcomes in a purely face-to-face format.


Refer to the following policies:

402.00 Academic Code of Conduct

263.00 Student Appeal of Course Grades

403.00 Student Code of Conduct


Disability Services Program: 

Cowley College, in recognition of state and federal laws, will accommodate a student with a documented disability.  If a student has a disability which may impact work in this class which requires accommodations, contact the Disability Services Coordinator.